The knee injury to Papiss Cisse is not related to the broken knee cap he suffered in April, which kept him out of training for almost six months – and that’s some good news today.
Papiss Cisse – slight knee injury
But Papiss is still a doubt for tomorrow – along with Cheick Tiote, Emmanuel Riviere and Mike Williamson, who all missed last week’s first league win of the season against Leicester City.
Alan Pardew was a little upbeat about the injuries, but he has not made any decision yet on the players who didn’t play last Saturday.
Here’s what the Newcastle manager said:
“We are sweating a little bit on a few of them, but I am not ruling anyone out or in at this stage,” “But the mood in training has been much stronger this week.”
“Our resolve has grown, and hopefully our confidence too as a team.” “Cisse has not trained since the last game,” “He has a slight problem with his knee.”
“We don’t think it’s anything major. Nothing to do with his previous injury.”
Cisse has scored four goals in just four league appearances this season, and he probably should have had another two last Saturday, but missed a couple of decent chances.
One chance was when he had even rounded the goalkeeper, but then shot into the side netting when it looked easier to score, but he’s still a player in form and hungry for goals.
Pardew may simply be trying to keep Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino guessing, as to what the Newcastle team may be tomorrow at White Hart Lane.
But we’d definitely like to see Papiss in the starting line-up tomorrow.
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